Animals in Texas face the same danger from the heat as humans do. With record high temperatures already being reached, precautions must be taken to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat stroke is a life threatening condition that requires immediate care and can lead to liver failure, kidney failure, bleeding disorders, brain damage and death. Old animals and those with heavy coats are the most at risk. Even dogs that have lived outside most of their lives need protection from this severe heat.
Ideally, animals should be kept inside during this time of year. Walks should be done in the morning or in the evening when it is coolest, and small water containers should be taken with you on long walks. If a dog must stay outside at all times, be sure to take steps to protect him. Provide plenty of shade and cold water; water misters and fans are cheap to buy and go a long way toward cooling off small areas.
If you are concerned that your dog is having heat stroke,
CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.
Signs include lethargy, collapsing, unresponsiveness, and disorientation. Emergency steps in a slightly overheated dog such as cold baths and ice water can help lower body temperatures and prevent heat exhaustion from becoming heat stroke.